Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Fly Africa – Unlocking the Potential of Africa’s Aviation Industry

Fly Africa – Unlocking the Potential of Africa’s Aviation Industry

Africans make up 12% of the world’s population but less than 2% of its travelers

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, October 31, 2017/APO Group/ -- FLY AFRICA, a book authored by Hassan El-Houry, a pioneer in the African aviation in­dustry and Eric Kacou, an African strategist and investor, was launched yesterday on Amazon.
The book highlights how aviation could become one of Africa’s greatest strengths, underpinning its economic growth and connecting it with the rest of the world. Yet today, Africa’s aviation industry lags behind much of the world. This disparity is most evident in the fact that Africans make up 12% of the world’s population but less than 2% of its travelers. This discrepancy is not inevitable.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Proudly Presents "Victoria & Abdul" in Digital and Blu-ray

From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: Victoria & Abdul


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Oct. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Queen Victoria finds unexpected companionship with a humble servant in the heartwarming and uplifting story, Victoria & Abdul, coming to Digital on December 5, 2017 and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on December 19, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Academy Award® nominee Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena), this emotional film features stunning and witty performances from Academy Award® winner Judi Dench (Shakespeare In Love, Philomena), Ali Fazal (Furious 7), Eddie Izzard (Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen), Addel Akhtar (The Dictator, The Big Sick) and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter franchise). Victoria & Abdul beautifully depicts an unusual bond between two unlikely people from opposite worlds.

2.0 Audio Launch Sets Benchmark for International Film Events in Dubai

2.0 Audio Launch Sets Benchmark for International Film Events in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
  • Megastar Rajinikanth marks first overseas movie promotion
  • A. R. Rahman wows audiences with original 2.0 background score at biggest audio launch in Indian cinema history
Breath-taking performances, electrifying compositions and stunning visual effects marked the audio launch of much-anticipated Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer 2.0 on 27 October at Burj Park in Downtown Dubai. Hosted by Lyca Productions, India's largest entertainment company, event was organised in partnership with Emaar, and featured some of the Indian film fraternity's finest talents.

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The multilingual mega-budget launch drew the participation of the creme de la creme of Indian cinema, including Karan Johar, Rana Daggubati and Dhanush.

'Thor: Ragnarok' Tops Worldwide Weekend Box Office

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, October 29, are below.

1. Thor: Ragnarok - Disney - $107.6M
2. Geostorm - Warner Bros. - $55.0M
3. Jigsaw - Lionsgate - $25.8M
4. Blade Runner 2049 - Sony - $20.6M
5. Suck Me Shakespeer 3 - Constantin Film - $18.3M
6. Kingsman: The Golden Circle - 20th Century Fox - $15.0M
7. Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween - Lionsgate - $10.0M
8. Happy Death Day - Universal - $9.8M
9. It - Warner Bros. - $8.8M
10. Coco - Disney - $8.4M
11. Never Say Die - Multiple - $6.9M
12. Epouse moi mon pote - Studiocanal - $5.3M

Reuters Turns Searchlight On Sexual Harassment from Hollywood To Bollywood and Nollywood

Following the #Hollywood sex scandal implicating the famous Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein, Reuters reported cases in Bollywood and Nollywood sexual predators shielded by victims' silence. But two #Nollywood actresses have contrary views on sexual harassment in Africa's largest movie industry.

Sexual harassment is nothing new in the entertainment industry and it is shown everyday in the media with the sensationalism of sex in advertising, TV/film posters, trailers, tabloids of celebrity gossips and other forms. Sexploitation is as common in the entertainment industry as Coca Cola and popcorn. Let us stop playing "holier than you" in hypocrisy and looking for a scapegoat and to give a dog a bad name and hang him as in the case of Harvey Weinstein.

Juliet Odigwe told Accelerate TV that she has experienced sexual harassment.
“A production manager I met in Owerri came to me and said: ‘Babe, you are so good. I’ll give you six good jobs that can blow you to stardom, but after the six jobs, all I need from you are six good rounds of sex in return’. I gave him an outright ‘no’. I told him I could only take him for shopping when he makes me a star. However, it didn’t end well.
Juliet Odigwe.
“Although, he got me two good jobs, I kept reminding him that I could only take him out for shopping. He was pissed off and that was the end of the matter. He stopped calling me for jobs.”
But Adokiye Kyrian, popularly known as "Adokiye" who claims to be a virgin told Naij that there is no sexual harassment in Nollywood.

"There is nothing like sexual harassment. Don’t let any girl deceive you. No director, marketer, Producer or film maker would harass anybody sexually. Those girls saying it do so to get noticed by the directors, producers, marketers and the rest of them. And some of them are not even good artists. The only way they thought they could get movie roles is to offer their body. When they get disappointed on account of their own inabilities to put up good performances at auditions, they come out crying that so and so have sexually harassed them. It is the order of the day among some wannabe actresses."


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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Long Live The Television!

Long Live The Television

Netflix members are discovering connected TVs in the era of contextual entertainment

SINGAPORE, Oct. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In a world where all-episodes-at-once has quickly become ubiquitous, what else will consumers want out of their entertainment experience in the future? Netflix believes that while consumers access their favourite TV shows and films across a number of electronic devices in the age of streaming, the television still endures as the primary viewing device for consumers across Asia Pacific.

"As entertainment shifts online, consumers are discovering that they have more control over their viewing experiences than ever before. What they're looking for today is choice, quality and greater flexibility, and these demands are driving new trends that are shaping the future of entertainment," said Chris Jaffe, Vice President of Product Innovation, Netflix.

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iPhone X arrives at Bell on Friday, November 3

iPhone X arrives at Bell on Friday, November 3

MONTRÉAL, Oct. 26, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell today announced it will offer iPhone X, the future of the smartphone, featuring a revolutionary new design with a stunning all-screen display. Customers will be able to pre-order iPhone X beginning Friday, October 27 at Bell and The Source stores, and it will be available in stores starting on Friday, November 3. Bell now offers all of Apple's latest products including the new generation iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3 with built-in cellular and Apple TV 4K. For complete pricing details, please visit Bell.ca/Apple.

"With the launch of the ground-breaking iPhone X, Bell is proud to be the only carrier in Canada to offer the complete line-up of the latest generation of Apple products, including Apple Watch Series 3 with built-in cellular, on Canada's best network," said Blaik Kirby, President of Bell Mobility.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Announces NEOM - the Destination for the Future

HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Announces: NEOM - the Destination for the Future

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

NEOM incorporates the new way of life and the strategic crossroads in trade, innovation, and technology with livability at its core
  • NEOM aspires to be the safest, most efficient, most future-oriented, and best place to live and work
  • NEOM is developed independent of the Kingdom's existing governmental framework with investors, businesses, and innovators consulted at every stage of development
  • NEOM's unique location connects Asia, Europe, and Africa and will include the world's most significant and promising economic sectors
  • NEOM land expands over 26,500 km2; its location will facilitate NEOM's rapid emergence as a global hub that has the potential to bring together the best of Arabia, Asia, Africa, Europe and America
  • NEOM will be backed by more than $500 billion over the coming years by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, local as well as international investors
His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Public Investment Fund (PIF), today announced the launch of NEOM.

NEOM is born from the ambition of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 to see the country develop into a pioneering and thriving model of excellence in various and important areas of life. NEOM aims to thrive the transformation of the Kingdom into a leading global hub through the introduction of value chains of industry and technology.

2017 Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival

2017 Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival: Innovating in a Global Landscape

BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2017 Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival (HETF) will be held at the W Hollywood hotel in Los Angeles, CA from November 9 - 10, 2017. Organized by Hanhai Studio, the international event promotes cross-border opportunities and investments in entertainment technology between the US and China, with expert speakers and panel discussions covering the hottest topics in the industry. Focusing on the theme, Innovating in a Global Landscape, the event is a platform for business leaders, content creators, entrepreneurs, and investors looking to explore and expand relationships with China.

2017 Nollywood Facts and Figures

  •  Nigerian film industry employs more than 1 million people second only to agriculture.

  • NOLLYWOOD produces 60 movies per week, second only to Bollywood.

  • NOLLYWOOD generates US$630 million annually for the Nigerian economy.
  • NOLLYWOOD contributed 2.3% to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2016. - PwC

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The biggest showcase of the Nigerian film industry in the UK, December 5-6, 2017.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Jennifer Lawrence to Receive Sherry Lansing Award at Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment Breakfast

Jennifer Lawrence to Receive Sherry Lansing Award at Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment Breakfast
Angelina Jolie to Deliver Keynote Speech; Meryl Streep to Honor Amy Pascal

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and distinguished film producer-executive Amy Pascal will be honored at The Hollywood Reporter's 2017 Women in Entertainment breakfast, it was announced today. The star-studded gala will take place Dec. 6 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles.

Hollywood To Honor Selena Quintanilla With Walk Of Fame Star

Star sponsored by Meruelo Media, Power 106, 93.5 KDAY and Universal Music Latin Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Meruelo Media, Power 106, 93.5 KDAY and Universal Music Latin Entertainment, proudly join the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to posthumously honor music icon, Selena Quintanilla, "The Queen of Tejano Music," with the dedication of the 2,622nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

"The Dream Catcher" Nominated for Two Regional EMMY Awards

The Dream Catcher from The DAVE School on Vimeo.

DAVE School Students and Faculty Filmmakers Nominated for Two Regional EMMY Awards
The nominations are for "The Dream Catcher", a short original film about a stuffed bear that will stop at nothing to protect his child owner from what lurks in the dark at bedtime.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Michelle Bello's "Flower Girl" Should Have Made More than US$1M in Movie Merchandising Sales

Michelle Bello's 2013 exciting Nigerian romantic comedy, Flower Girl should have made more than US$1million from movie merchandising sales of "Flower Girl" autographed T-shirts, scarves, travel bags, shopping bags, mugs, theme hub, etc.

The multiple award wining movie is listed among the highest grossing Nollywood movies. It attracted thousands of moviegoers to the cinemas, because of the popularity of the cast of celebrated stars of the award-winning soap opera, Tinsel, the beautiful Damilola Adegbite and Ghanaian Nollywood lover boy, Chris Attoh with Blossom Chukwujekwu, Eku Edewor, Bikiya Graham-Douglas, Patrick Doyle and others. Music by Joe Hogue and cinematography by James M. Costello.


Discover the multimillion dollar film merchandise industry that made US$251.7 billion in 2015.
The Transformers franchise made US$2.6 billion from the box office and made an astonishing US$7 billion from merchandising sales! That is why the Chinese Film Industry is now targeting merchandising as a new revenue stream to maximize the explosive growth of China's box office, currently the envy of the global film industry.


Nollywood merchandising sales will be worth more than US$1 billion from the souvenirs, film tourism promos of the tourist attractions of film locations in Nollywood like Tunde Kelani's ARUGBA based on the annual Osun Osogbo festival on the location of the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Discover more at the first annual Focus On Nollywood (FON) @ FOCUS 2017, December 5-6, London, UK

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Beauty Queens of Nollywood and Kannywood

Queen of Nollywood, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

NOLLYWOOD MIRROR® presents the 34 beauty queens of Nollywood and Kannywood in the awesome second edition coming out on June 30, 2014.
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 Nollywood diva, Genevieve Nnaji.
 Kannywood diva, Maryam Booth.
Nollywood diva, Caroline Ekanem.

Who made the exclusive list of the 34 Beauty Queens of Nollywood and Kannywood?

You can guess some of the most popular names in Nollywood, but you cannot guess all the names of the others and especially the beauty queens of Kannywood.

NOLLYWOOD MIRROR® Second Edition is celebrating the sweethearts of Nigerian movies from the south to the north as never done before by any publication.

See them all now published and released for the first time in the world.

In over 150 beautiful and wonderful pages that will take Nollywood and Kannywood to the hearts and souls of millions of people in Nigeria and the rest of the world who love Nigerian movies and millions of fans of the divas of the silver screen on TV, cinema and on the internet, NOLLYWOOD MIRROR® Second Edition is a collector's item to treasure.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Nollywood: The Making of a Film Empire

The Making of a Film Empire

How did Nigeria create the second largest movie industry in the world?

[Emily Witt is] one of America's foremost prose stylists under the age of forty." —Christian Lorentzen, New York Magazine

#Nollywood began in Nigeria in the 1990s and has grown into one of the most recognized cultural industries of the world, producing more movies every year than Hollywood and almost as many as Bollywood. Emily Witt travels to Nigeria to offer a vivid, rollicking tour of Nollywood today, from the back alleys of the marketplaces of Lagos to the glamour of a red-carpet premiere, from startups trying to digitize what has been largely an economy based on piracy to the shooting of a historic epic in the northern city of Jos.

Amid electricity cuts, fuel scarcity, and countless other obstacles, Nigerians are pursuing the very real possibility that Nollywood dramas could become a global brand, as recognizable as the Bollywood musical, the Hong Kong kung fu flick, or the Hollywood blockbuster.
Early praise for Nollywood:
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About the author

© Noah Kalina

Emily Witt is a writer in New York City. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, n+1, the London Review of Books, and many other places. She has degrees from Brown University, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and Cambridge University, and was a Fulbright scholar in Mozambique. Her first book, Future Sex, was published in 2016 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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Nollywood panel with Emily Witt, Daniel Oriahi, and Brian Larkin

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber celebrate NYFW with DuJour at Mr. Purple

DuJour Magazine and Jason Binn Celebrate Fashion Week with Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for DuJour Media)

Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber celebrate NYFW with DuJour at Mr. Purple

NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- DuJour welcomed modeling legend Cindy Crawford and husband, Gerber Group founder, Rande Gerber to its New York Fashion Week bash at Manhattan's Mr. Purple rooftop bar on Monday night. Celebrity guests included Carole Radziwill of Real Housewives of New York and KISS musician Gene Simmons. Crawford and Gerber caught up with DuJour's Jason Binn to discuss business, beauty, and how to stay authentic.

"I think it's all about authenticity," Crawford says. "Nowadays, with social media, people are even more cued into what goes on. If you're going to be associated with a brand, you have to make it authentic."

"It's a lifestyle, and it's about the authenticity of what that is," Gerber adds. "Obviously we're happy that everyone loves [Casamigos] as much as we do, but that was not the purpose of making it. We made it to drink and for our friends to drink. And that was it," he says of the company he cofounded with George Clooney, and which reportedly sold to Diageo for $1 billion.

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Kevin Costner Reveals DuJour's Story in an Exclusive Video

NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Get a first look inside DuJour — and see the evolution of its Publisher Jason Binn—who since starting Ocean Drive 25 years ago now brings luxury and celebrity content to life. With a national and regional reach celebrating fashion, art, design, and entertainment, DuJour invites you to exclusively view DuJour's story, as told by Kevin Costner.

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Jada Pinkett Smith and Her Son Jaden Smith Attend the Umami Burger x Jaden Smith Artist Series Launch Event

Jaden Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith attend the Umami Burger x Jaden Smith Artist Series Launch Event at The Grove on October 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Umami Burger x IMPOSSIBLE x Jaden Smith Launch Party
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